Goat House/Pen Ideas
We are thinking of goats too. All we have is a barn in dire need of restoration and a couple random buildings that also need replacing. I'd like to see other peoples goat set up. Interested in Nigerian Dwarf dairy and possibly angoras.
We are in south central MN with Wyatt the donimique rooster, Henrietta (NHR), Cuckoo Maran, Copper Maran, Ameraucana, Buff Chantecler, Mystery Chicken, 4 Runners, 2 wussy mixed breed geese. With Buckeyes, Cayuga, Blue Ameraucana, and Chinese on the way! www.blue-dirt.blogspot.com
This has a lot of good information, and it's printable.
All they really need is a place to stay dry and to get out of the cold wind. If it were me, I would build a simple run-in type shed that has a north wall and a second wall on whichever side the wind is most likely to blow from - where we live it is the west. I would leave the south and other side open, and would make the shed shallow enough that sunlight can touch the ground all the way to the back wall. Exposure to sunlight will help keep the barn "clean" by killing a lot of the harmful bacteria that inevitably collect in a barn. Ventilation is important, and there is no sense in crouching around inside the shed so it just as well be tall enough for you to comfortably walk under. This will help keep it cooler in the summer months as well since a low roof will trap summer time heat close to the animals and make conditions in the shed miserable.